Filed under Nutrition and Health

Harvard Food Plate

Sometimes it’s nice to have a fast, easy way to gauge how the nutritional profile of what’s on your plate stacks up with what the experts are saying.  Look no further.  Harvard School of Public Health is here to help. For perspective, below are three other visual food charts, all created by the USDA.  The … Continue reading

Breakfast Cereal Reality Check

Some breakfast cereals aren’t breakfast, they’re really dessert pretending to be breakfast.  Breakfast cereal can be a great choice for a quick meal, or it can be a nutritional disaster, or something in between.  And just reading the health claims on the front of the cereal box may not be very helpful.  Breakfast cereal is … Continue reading

Muffins are Dessert

What do you usually eat for breakfast?  Perhaps it’s a pastry and coffee, a bowl of cereal, or maybe a delicious muffin with a mug of tea.   If any of these are your go-to breakfast you may be eating dessert for breakfast. What makes something a dessert?  If sugar in any of its forms is … Continue reading

Gluten: Friend, Foe or Fad?

Every day brings new gluten-free foods to the grocery shelf.  In many different media there are strident voices denouncing gluten as a big problem, and others extolling the virtues of gluten rich wheat as a the staff of life.  Let’s explore what gluten is, why there’s so much attention being paid to it today, and … Continue reading

Food Hero — Marion Nestle

Independence Day in the USA is a good day to celebrate our nation’s heroes.  One of my  heroes is nutrition and public health professor  Marion Nestle.    She is an accomplished author and speaker and has helped shape food policy in our nation for many years.  She is a sensible person.  She works for the public … Continue reading

The Farm Bill and the Dinner Table

The senate is about to vote on the 2012 Farm Bill.  Why should you care?  What does this huge, complex piece of legislation have to do with the dinner table?  A lot.  The affordability, sustainability and quality of food for the American dinner table is at stake, and your government representatives need to hear from … Continue reading

NYC big gulp ban

I am delighted to hear about the proposed ban on large servings of sugary soda in NYC.  Public health folks are taking aim at what many in the field agree is an easy target: sugary soda. “There’s very strong scientific evidence that when people are served more they eat more, or in this case drink … Continue reading

The Weight of the Nation Parts One & Two

I watched with interest the first two parts of this important series.   Parts one and two asked  the questions: “What and Why?”  Answering “what” was pretty easy:  our nation is suffering an alarming rise in obesity – across the age, gender, and race spectrum.  It can rightly be called an epidemic.  There is little controversy … Continue reading

Eat a Rainbow

Rainbows are beautiful.  And they’re good to eat, too.  Nature has some great hints for what’s good for us.  When fruit tastes sweet and has a great fragrance, it’s at the peak of nutrition.  The fabulously deep green of kale and the rich orange of sweet potatoes are signs of full nutrition.  In general, the … Continue reading